Glyptotek museum, Copenhagen

Side garden at the Glyptotek museum, Copenhagen

Side garden at the Glyptotek museum, Copenhagen

Visiting the Glyptotek Museum in Copenhagen – Travel Photo Mondays

Such an unusual name that represents one of Copenhagen’s finest museums, the Glyptotek Museum sits in regal splendor just on the edge of the famous Tivoli Gardens and the main train station. Created by its founder, Carl Jacobson from Carlsberg beer, he donated   his personal art collection to the Danish government. Inspired by the original Glyptotek in Munich, Jacobson, wanted to create his version of the Greek Glypto or ‘sculpture’ temple in central Copenhagen. Carlsberg envisioned a grand museum to be built in central Copenhagen to house his extensive collection of the world’s largest ancient art in Northern Europe. The extensive collection consists of mostly ancient  artifacts, pottery, sculpture and fine paintings of Greek, Etruscan, Egyptian and Roman pieces. There is also a wonderful selection of European painters, French Impressionist and Post Impressionist paintings along with a gallery of paintings from Denmark’s golden age of art. some .

 

 

 

Atrium garden and entrance at the Glyptotek museum, Copenhagen

Atrium garden and entrance at the Glyptotek museum, Copenhagen

 

The museum is a real jewel to visit even if you are not a regular museum admirer because of the magnificent architecture, scenic views from the roof and stunning interior spaces. The artwork are presented in beautiful rooms that give you an idea of the environment where the artwork was found.  Some rooms present the excavations with nice graphics and photography to show the excavations, while  the smaller galleries are intimate and feel like you were in a private home. If you love to visit unique museums of the world, then the Glyptotek museum is a special place for fine art, sculpture and antiquities.

 

 

Central fountain in the Atrium of the Glyptotek

Central fountain in the Atrium of the Glyptotek

 

Glyptotek Collections

It all starts with the grand entrance into a large conservatory space. You enter the winter garden with its soaring glass cupola filling the grand space with airy light. The garden is overflowing with mature tropical plants and flowers in a thriving jungle environment. The unexpected jungle and beautiful sculpture draw you in quickly into this tropical zone to explore and experience the stunning interiors in detail. Immediately, your eyes are drawn to the middle of the garden where this surreal marble sculpture sits with its stylized mother and 14 children climbing all around her. She is called the Water Mother, created by sculptor Kai Neilson in 1921 (who also created the LIttle Mermaid in Copenhagen). The Water Mother is supposed to represent fertility with Venus on her arm as one of the children.

 

 

Roman busts and statuary at the Glyptotek

Roman busts and statuary at the Glyptotek

 Antiquity collections

Many of the Glyptotek’s exhibits are set into distinct and well laid out galleries. Some of the galleries are quite grand and include many of the museum’s beautiful sculpture. From the Winter Garden you enter the next room, which is spectacular – it is the central hall below fashioned as a Roman villa with a large open air courtyard. Surrounding the make believe courtyard are columned promenades filled with beautiful sculpture from various Roman timeframes – the shocking red painted walls livens up the room and accents the artwork so perfectly. On the main floor are Greek, Roman and Etruscan finds of sculpture, reliefs, pottery and other ancient artifacts assembled into galleries that are easy to walk through with signage in Danish and English.  There is also an extensive Egyptian collection representing works from Ancient Egypt, through the Middle Kingdom into early Roman timeframes. Many of these collections were acquired through the many sponsored excavations that Jacobson supported in excavating many of the archeological digs throughout Egypt in the early 20th century.

 

 

Recreated Roman villa and statuary at the Glyptotek, Copenhagen

Recreated Roman villa and statuary at the Glyptotek, Copenhagen

 

 

 

 

Blue room at the Glyptotek, Copenhagen

Blue room at the Glyptotek, Copenhagen

 

 

 Mosaic floors in the Roman and Mesopotamia rooms

 

Roman rooms and mosaic floor details

Roman rooms and mosaic floor details

 

 

Impressionism and Post Impressionism paintings

 

In the newer wing of the museum are housed most of the European paintings including the French masterpieces. This includes works by famous Impressionist artists including  Monet, Degas, Cezanne, and Post Impressionist artists like Bonnard, Lautrec and Van Gogh. There is also a beautiful collection of Rodin and Degas bronze sculpture in the new wing and outside in the garden with Rodin’s Thinker. The gallery spaces in the new wing are grand you initially climb the grand staircase filled with light. But inside the rooms, it is very dark and intimate with small gallery spaces focused on the European collections which is small but a good size for just one person’s collection.

 

 

French painting galleries at the Glyptotek, Copenhagen

French painting galleries at the Glyptotek, Copenhagen

 

 

 A Van Gogh landscape at the Glyptotek

 

Van Gogh at the Glyptotek

Van Gogh at the Glyptotek

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pierre Bonnard at the Glyptotek museum

Pierre Bonnard at the Glyptotek museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous statuary on display, Glyptotek Museum

Miscellaneous statuary on display, Glyptotek Museum

 

 

 

 

 

Side garden and the Thinker, at the Glyptotek museum, Copenhagen

Side garden at the Glyptotek museum, Copenhagen

 

Glyptotek garden

In the rear of the Glyptotek is a formal garden with beautiful statuary and tulips blooming in the garden beds. In the center of the garden is Rodin’s Thinker on a pedestal surrounding with colorful annuals. Jacobson collected many of Rodin’s pieces and accumulated over 43 sculptures into his personal collection.

 

Glyptotek garden and sculpture

Glyptotek garden and sculpture

 

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13 Responses to Glyptotek museum, Copenhagen

  1. Suzanne Fluhr August 5, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    How did we possibly miss the Glyptoteck Museum when we visited Copenhagen? As usual, your photos more than do it justice.

  2. Denis Gagnon August 5, 2015 at 6:28 am #

    As usual, great photos and comments about a museum which I was not aware of. Did not realize that there were several “Le Penseur” original statues around. I have been to the Rodin museums in Paris and in Philadelphia, and the Glyptotek Museum in Copenhagen is now on my list. Thanks for an enlightening posting!

    • Noel August 5, 2015 at 7:28 am #

      Yes, there are a few Rodin Thinkers that were duplicated from the same mold, there is also one in the courtyard of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco

  3. Irene S. Levine August 4, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    What beautiful sculptures so beautifully captured by your keen photographic eye! Another reason to visit Copenhagen.

  4. Kay Dougherty August 4, 2015 at 9:18 am #

    Beautiful pictures and a place I will now put on my “must see” list for when I eventually get to Copenhagen! Thanks.

  5. Cathy Sweeney August 4, 2015 at 6:57 am #

    There are such wonderful collections at the Glyptotek — I’d love to visit here. Museums like this are so much more than that, aren’t they? The architecture, gardens, views all a part of the experience.I love the atrium garden with the palms — beautiful!

  6. The GypsyNesters August 3, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    We missed this when we were in Copenhagen, wish we had known. As always, great pictures!

  7. Carole Terwilliger Meyers August 3, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    I’ve never been to Copenhagen but loved visiting the Glyptotek museum there through your photography. That shot you got of the Atrium garden and entrance is spectacular!

  8. Anita @ No Particular Place To Go August 3, 2015 at 4:33 am #

    Your photos are gorgeous and I especially love the one of the recreated Roman villa with its amazing statuary. I’ve always admired Rodin’s iconic Thinker and its setting in the Glyptotek Garden looks perfect. Copenhagen’s on our list of places to see and I can easily imagine spending a whole day in this museum – spectacular!

  9. Michele Peterson ( A Taste for Travel) August 3, 2015 at 3:14 am #

    What a fantastic findI I would never have expected to discover a Greek Glypto in central Copenhagen. I love how the curators have installed the sculptures in such stunning settings and your photos portray them in fine form. Beautiful!

  10. Paula McInerney August 2, 2015 at 9:01 pm #

    I was wondering what Glypto as in Glyptotek Museum meant so appreciated you sharing this. Interesting name and interesting collection

  11. Rhonda Albom August 2, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

    Fantastic collection in the museum and the tulips in the last photo somehow bring it right back to Denmark.

  12. Lyn (aka) The Travelling Lindfields August 2, 2015 at 4:27 pm #

    As always; beautiful photos. You make me want to visit everywhere you photograph.

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